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Larry Hagman stars in "Dallas" (2011) on TNT, reprising his role as JR Ewing from the original CBS series of the same name that ran from 1978 to 1991.

November 21, 1980 and August 23, 1995, are two dates Larry Hagman will never forget. On the first, over 350 million fans in 57 countries were glued to their television sets to find out who shot J.R. On the second, Larry received a liver transplant that took 16 hours and saved his life.

In recent years, Larry has appeared in "The Third Twin,"
Larry Hagman in "Desperate Housewives"
Larry Hagman Desperate Housewives
a four hour miniseries based on the author's best selling novel, which aired on CBS, and Mike Nichols' "Primary Colors," a film based on the best-selling book by an Anonymous author, who later was acknowledged to be Journalist Joe Klein. The film opened March 20, 1998 and starred John Travolta, Emma Thompson, Billy Bob Thornton, Kathy Bates and Adrian Lester. Larry played Governor Picker, an anti-politics politician who posed a serious threat to Governor Stanton's (John Travolta) bid for office. "Primary Colors" is Larry's second "presidential" film having also appeared in Oliver Stone's "Nixon."

Following those projects, the second "Dallas" reunion movie, "War of the Ewings," aired on CBS. Larry starred as J.R., and also served as Executive Producer.

Larry was born in Fort Worth, Texas, on September 21st, the son of actress Mary Martin and attorney Ben Hagman. When his parents divorced, he moved to Los Angeles to live with his grandmother. After his grandmother's death, Larry, who was only 12, returned to his mother, who had remarried and was pursuing a successful Broadway career.

After a year at Bard College in Anandale-on-the-Hudson, New York, Larry decided to follow in his mother's theatrical footsteps. His first stage experience was with the Margo Jones Theatre-in-the-Round in Dallas. He next appeared in the New York City Center production of "Taming the Shrew," followed by a year in regional theater.

Larry moved to England as a member of the cast of his mother's stage hit, "South Pacific," and stayed for five years. There he joined the U.S. Air Force, where he produced and directed several shows for members of the service.

After completing his military service, Larry returned to New York and appeared in a series of Broadway and off-Broadway plays, including "Once Around the Block," "Career," "Comes A Day," "A Priest in the House," "The Beauty Part," "The Warm Peninsula," and "The Nervous Set."

His television experience began with various guest appearances on such shows as "The Alcoa Hour." He was then cast in the daytime series "The Edge of Night," in which he starred for 2 years.

Larry became a true TV star in 1965 in the comedy series "I Dream of Jeannie," in which he played an amiable astronaut whose life is plagued by a beautiful blonde genie, portrayed by Barbara Eden. The show ran for 5 years.

Afterwards, Larry continued his television success in "The Good Life" and "Here We Go Again," as well as a multitude of guest-starring roles. He also starred with Lauren Bacall in the television version of the hit Broadway musical "Applause."

It was not until 1977, when "Dallas" came along, however, that Larry's career truly took off. This saga of an excessively rich Texas family was one of the boldest, brassiest, most talked-about shows ever and, Larry Hagman, as the despicable, corrupt, merciless millionaire J.R. Ewing, the man everyone loved to hate, was its centerpiece. The series ran for an unprecedented 13 seasons (from 1978 - 1991) and the "Who Shot J.R.?" episode remains the second highest rated TV show in the history of the medium.

Since his name had become synonymous with Texas, it was fitting that he host "Lone Star," an eight-part documentary series on the history of Texas, for PBS. The series, which aired in the fall of 1985, celebrated the 150th anniversary of Texas as an independent republic.

In November 1996, Larry starred in "Dallas: J.R. Returns," a two-hour television movie which was a ratings blockbuster for CBS, as well as in the network's one-hour drama series "Orleans." His portrayal of Judge Luther Charbonnet garnered some of the best reviews of his career.

During the 2006-2007 television season, Larry joined the FX series NIP/TUCK in the role of Burt Landu, a business executive who wants some cosmetic surgery of an intimate nature. Other recent television appearances include a recurring role on the hit ABC series "Desperate Housewives."

Off-screen, Larry is actively involved in numerous civic and philanthropic activities. An adamant non-smoker, Larry was chairperson of the American Cancer Society's Great American Smokeout from 1981 to 1992.

During the summer of 1996, Larry served as the National Spokesperson for the 1996 U.S. Transplant Games presented by the National Kidney Foundation and, on November 2nd, received the foundation's Public Service Award for his efforts in heightening public awareness of the importance of organ donation. He continues to serve as an advocate of organ donation and transplantation.



LARRY HAGMAN: FACTS

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Age: 82 years old
Birthday: September 21, 1931
Height: 6' 1"
Nickname: Mad Monk of Malibu
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Full Name / Real Name: Larry Martin Hagman
Birthplace: Fort Worth, TX
Wife: Maj Axelsson (12/18/1954, 2 children)





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